26 Oct 2012

Starling: an unusual border auricula.


Starling is rather an unusual but attractive border auricula which does well here in Sweden. It has a speckling of farina on its petals, which gives it that special look. Although it can be grown in a border, it looks best grown in a pot where it can shielded from the rain and thus retain the farina on its petals. It also produces very few offsets so it takes a while to build up stocks of this auricula.
As can be seen in this picture Starling is pin eyed.
 Pin eyed is when the pin or stigma/pistil is seen above the stamens
Close up of petals showing the farina.